Because New Jersey’s Administrative Office of the Courts does not keep separate records on sex crimes committed by educators, The Star-Ledger used reports filed by the state Board of Examiners detailing teacher license suspensions.
The suspension reports that described inappropriate student relationships were cross-checked with court records to obtain necessary information.
Of the 97 cases in the past 10 years, the longest sentence was seven years for a female and 10 for a man, though the male case involved multiple relationships. Is there something other than the victim’s testimony that we’ll be able to point to and the jury will be able to rely on?
"Some of them really think they’re in love," said Essex County First Assistant Prosecutor Robert Laurino.
"They want nothing to do with us." RELUCTANT VICTIMS Prior to the 1990s, victims could be sedated and forced to undergo physical examinations, Laurino said.
All cases studied involve teachers, substitute teachers, coaches or school personnel who admitted to, or were convicted of, engaging in sexual relationships with students connected to their school.
"Juries and judges sort of make a consideration about how exploitative the crime is and how predatory the perpetrator is," Horn said.
But in the vast majority of cases defendants pleaded guilty to charges, oftentimes because the only evidence available was the student, who may not want to testify.
They may not see what happened to them as abuse, though their parents disagree and it is against the law.Erica De Palo, an English teacher at West Orange High School, after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, under the terms of a plea deal, will likely lose her teaching license, be forced to register under Megan’s Law and leave the courthouse today a parole enrollee. Instead, De Palo will lose her teaching license and she’ll be forced to register under Megan’s Law, under the terms of a plea deal reached in February with prosecutors.A Star-Ledger analysis of 97 cases in New Jersey over the past decade reveals that in teacher-student sex cases, men are on average are sent to jail more and receive longer sentences than women. When Erica De Palo walks out of the courthouse today having admitted to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old English student, she will likely leave a parole enrollee. Critics have called the punishment for the former Essex County teacher of the year too lenient and reflective of a double standard that disproportionately penalizes men for similar relationships with students.A Star-Ledger analysis of 97 cases in New Jersey over the past decade reveals significant disparities: Men are on average sent to jail in more cases and receive longer sentences.The data about 72 men and 25 women also shows: •Male defendants went to prison in 54 percent of cases compared with 44 percent of cases for female defendants; •Men averaged 2.4 years in prison compared with 1.6 years in prison for women, or 50 percent more time; •Ninety-three of the 97 cases ended in plea deals; •Forty-seven cases ended in noncustodial sentences, which typically involved pre-trial intervention programs or probation.This is not inclusive of every teacher-student case in the past 10 years.